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Capt. Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot during the "Miracle on the Hudson," joined U.S. Rep. Chris Lee during a Telephone Town Hall session this evening in which Skiles and Lee answered questions from callers regarding the airline industry in the wake of the Flight 3407 crash. Skiles offered a scathing review of the connection between commercial airlines like Continental…

BUFFALO -- More than 300 cases of flowers have already arrived at Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market on Ellicott Street for Valentine's Day. Staff were busy this afternoon arranging flowers -- mostly roses and carnations -- for deliveries that will begin tomorrow and Friday. Thousands of carnations will go out to local schools for fund raisers. Owner Maureen Bartle…

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 Air Force Medics from the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from MacDill Air Force Base and medics from the 81st Medical Group from Keesler Air Force Base provide treatment to injured Haitians aboard a C-130 flown by members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing during a mission Friday. Photo courtesy/ Staff Sgt. Peter Dean, 107th Airlift Wing …

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres studio analyst Mike Robitaille underwent surgery today after suffering a spinal cord injury last week, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital announced this afternoon. Robitaille was injured last Wednesday when the car he was driving was rear-ended. He is listed in serious but stable condition and is recovering in the hospital's intensive care un…

11:35 a.m. update: Crews spent the morning shining cars and dusting trucks as they prepared for the Buffalo Auto Show at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. People are now starting to trickle in. On the minds of many dealers here is the Toyota recall. Toyota dealerships are looking to get the word out about repair plans, while other dealers are talking incentives to l…

It's slippery out there this morning. Expect more snow throughout the region today, with the most forecast for the Southern Tier. A National Weather Service winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. tonight for Buffalo and areas south. The National Weather Service is forecasting 2 to 3 inches today in or near the city. In Albany, the expulsion of Q…

The National Weather Service has expanded its winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. tonight to 7 p.m. Wednesday to include Erie County. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service forecast 1 to 2 inches tonight and another 2 to 4 inches on Wednesday. A light snow has already started in Buffalo. The heaviest snow is expected in areas south of the New York State Thruway in…

BUFFALO -- The region needs to continue to "enhance and leverage" its historical and cultural heritage as it moves forward in the 21st Century, Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker told a crowd gathered at the Central Library today. "If you've done some traveling to many of the growth areas across our country, you quickly begin to see that many places in America look like any pla…

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From left to right, Staff Sgt. Brian Waite, a C-130 flight engineer from Fredonia; First Lt. Joe Neglia, a C-130 pilot from Rochester; and Major Greg Miller, a C-130 pilot from Youngstown, meet former President Bill Clinton during a mission to Haiti to bring relief supplies and fly injured people Friday. Photo courtesy/ Staff Sgt. Peter Dean, 107th Airlift Wing…

Twenty-seven people from Western New York, Puerto Rico and New Jersey were charged today in connection with a federal probe into narcotics, gun and gangster activities on the West Side of Buffalo.State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a report today that says over the last five years many school districts unnecessarily set aside $615 million in reserve funds.In bu…

BUFFALO -- Preparation has started for the third annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament. City workers were out this morning at Erie Basin Marina to clear snow from the ice. Donald Poleto, senior engineer for the Division of Engineering in the Department of Public Works, said workers will be laying out eight rinks during the next few weeks. The tournament, sched…

BUFFALO -- Breakfast is on Denny's this morning. The restaurant is offering free Original Grand Slam breakfasts from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and people have been lined up outside the Delaware Avenue Denny's since 5:30 a.m. Vince Prestia, area director for more than 10 Denny's locations in Western New York, estimated the Delaware Avenue restaurant had already served more than 40…

Good morning. The Albany rumor mill continues to churn. Whispers of a political "bombshell" continue to swirl around Gov. David A. Paterson with no substantiated reports to back up the rumors. Tom Precious, of the News Albany Bureau, recaps how hallway chatter has caught up with the guv in a front-page story today. PBS' "Frontline" will focus on Colgan Air at 9 p.m. toni…

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Buffalo-born folk singer Ani DiFranco plays her Asbury Hall at Babeville venue tonight. Check out News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers' preview of the show and his review in tomorrow's paper. Tickets are still available for $38 at the door, according to Righteous Babe Records marketing manager Anna Kapechuk. DiFranco will play with a full band (bass, drums and …

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  A statue of William Shepard -- better known as "Old Shep" -- is on display at the West Seneca Historical Society in an exhibit on the eccentric hermit who claims to have been a member of the Jesse James gang before he moved to the area. Derek Gee/ Buffalo News WEST SENECA -- William Shepard is somewhat of a legend in West Seneca history. "Old Shep," as he was known…